Report Thur 9th Feb 06

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Report Thur 9th Feb 06

Post by Brad » Fri Feb 10, 2006 5:44 am


It’s a good time of the year to be out fishing in and around Townsville with a real mixed bag on offer, with barramundi, mangrove jacks, grunter, mud crabs and prawns in the creeks and coral trout, red emperor, large and small mouth nannygai, and red throat emperor on the reef. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

On the inshore scene, there have been plenty of barra getting caught but the live bait fishers suggest that the fish are a little touchy at the moment, with many baits coming back scaled, without a hook-up. When this starts to happen, downsizing your gear can sometimes work. This includes reducing your sinker weight, using lighter line and sometimes even reducing your hook size. Also one thing many anglers tend to do is strike too early. Let the fish hook itself. Best results are achieved by placing your rod in a rod holder and only picking it up when the rod is fully arced over.

There have been good reports of mangrove jack captures, with catches of half a dozen in one session not uncommon. Although mangrove jacks will take live baits, if these are not available to you, a nice fresh mullet slab often works wonders.

Prawns are also being caught in very good numbers in many of the creeks and rivers, in particular the Gordon is reported to have been lousy with prawns over the last couple of weeks.

Last but not least, and probably the tastiest, the crabs - according to my taste buds anyway. There have been plenty of reports of good numbers of crabs, but best of all is the quality with most crabs being nice and full.

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Paul Wenta Bohle barra.jpg
This early season barra was part of an excellent mixed bag caught by Paul Wenta in the Bohle River during opening week.

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